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Pragmatic approach is effective in evidence based health care

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:566
  1. John Clarke, librarian,
  2. Reinhard Wentz, trial search coordinator, Cochrane Injuries Group (
  1. Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH

    EDITOR—We agree with Guyatt et al that providing evidence based answers to clinical questions requires intensive study and application if the process is seen in the context of a systematic review of the original literature.1 The main stumbling block remains the difficulty of constructing complex searches appropriate for a range of potential sources.

    We suggest that many typical clinical questions can be answered by using a …

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